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May 2014 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that the Canadian Tourism Commission has just released the May 2014 Tourism Snapshot, our Market Research product, prepared for the tourism industry. View the May 2014 tourism snapshot here.
Revitalizing Ontario Place
Today the province announced that it is moving forward with a long-term vision to revitalize Ontario Place into a vibrant waterfront destination that engages visitors of all ages. Read more here.
Revitalized and Fabulous for 40th Anniversary!
For 40 years The Westin Prince has welcomed guests from far and wide. The hotel looks forward to the next four decades and beyond.  General Manager, Ashok Baghel advises that there are six associates who have been at the hotel since the doors first opened in 1974.   Baghel shares his sentiments about this milestone day, “We’re honoured to be celebrating the ruby anniversary at The Westin Prince. Over the years, the city has grown exponentially, yet the hotel remains cradled on 15 acres of beautiful parkland and we’re the only hotel in Ontario to receive AAA Four Diamond Status for 39 consecutive years.  I would like to extend heartiest congratulations to all of our dedicated associates for taking such great care of our guests and local visitors.” Read more here.
Time to spring into action, AODA reporting deadline approaching
As the implementation of the AODA progresses, EnAbling Change partners continue to be a powerful force for positive social change. In 2014, all businesses and not-for-profit organizations with 20 or more employees must file an AODA compliance report with the Government of Ontario. A communications toolkit has been created to help EnAbling Change partners to communicate these requirements to their stakeholders. For more information, click here.

If you’re interested in receiving the toolkit, please contact
House Passes Brand USA Reauthorization
American Hotel and Lodging Association: July 22, 2014, the House of Representatives passed the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act (H.R. 4450) on an overwhelming vote of 347-57. Brand USA has yielded tremendous dividends for the US nation and economy –millions of new visitors coming to  hotels, restaurants, and shops, billions of dollars in added sales and revenue, and the creation of tens of thousands of jobs across the U.S. It is now up to the Senate to pass their Brand USA bill. For more information click here.
Policy Guidelines on the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces Now Available
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure is pleased to announce the release of new policy guidelines on the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces. These guidelines explain the intent behind each of the requirements in plain language. They are now available here.
PM announces changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service. Click here for a list of all changes.
Building Ontario Up Today For A Brighter, Stronger Tomorrow
2014 Ontario Budget Moves Forward With Plan to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy, Build Modern Transit and Infrastructure, and Help Ontarians with Their Retirement, While Balancing the Budget by 2017–18

July 14, 2014 | Ministry of Finance

Ontario is moving forward with its plan to build opportunity and security for today and tomorrow. The 2014 Ontario Budget, tabled today by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa, takes immediate action to create jobs by investing in a highly skilled workforce, building modern infrastructure and transportation networks, and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate. Read News Release here.